Heart health is the focus of the Heart Foundation’s Heart Week 2017 (30 April to 6 May). The theme this year is the importance of diagnosing and treating high blood pressure, as it is well recognised that high blood pressure equates with a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Blood pressure is the measurement of the pressure of the blood in the artery as it pushes against the artery walls with each pump of the heart. Blood pressure that is consistently high is a major contributor to the risk of developing heart disease.

Factors that contribute to high blood pressure include family history, sedentary lifestyle, stress, obesity, unhealthy eating patterns, and alcohol consumption. High blood pressure is usually controlled with prescribed drugs; however, healthy eating, regular exercise, and maintaining healthy weight can also help manage high blood pressure.

There are usually no warning signs that you have high blood pressure, so you may have it and not know. The best way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked by your doctor or health practitioner. You may get your own blood pressure monitor; however, it is important to learn how to use the device properly to get accurate readings. Using a blood pressure monitor at home may help in the management of high blood pressure.

Heart Week activities on the Sunshine Coast kick off with the Sunshine Coast Heart Week Expo on Saturday 29 April. This event incorporates free vascular health checks, heart health talks by professionals, Heart Foundation walk, healthy cooking demonstration, yoga, tai chi, and a variety of health-related stalls. You can download the program from the Sunshine Coast Council website.

Long term high blood pressure is known as hypertension can cause a heart attack or stroke. First aid courses equip you with the knowledge of what to do when somebody has a heart attack or stroke.

For handy reference, download the free Chest Pain and Chain of Survival charts from the Allens Training Sunshine Coast website.

Allens Training on the Sunshine Coast regularly delivers first aid training at our Birtinya training centre. We are committed to delivering quality training so you walk away with the skills you need.

If you would like to book into one of the Sunshine coast first aid courses, please book online, or phone 07 5438 8888 to find out more.



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